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Shock-Absorbing Whips to be Required in U.K. Flat Races

March 31, 2007

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) released a statement March 29 praising a new requirement that jockeys in flat races be required to use only shock-absorbing whips. The Horseracing Regulatory Authority's rule wil... Read More


Vodka-Injection Charges Against Nebraska Vet Dropped

March 30, 2007

Four misdemeanor charges were dropped against a veterinarian accused of injecting horses with vodka to calm them before races after three witnesses scheduled to testify couldn't be located.

Jay Stewart, DVM, the former president of the Nebraska... Read More


Kentucky Barn Fire Kills 7 Horses

March 26, 2007

A barn fire killed seven horses worth more than $1 million, authorities said.

The fire early Friday (March 23) destroyed the 12-stall barn at Hipp Farm, a division of Clifton Farm, in Lexington. Calhoun Clifton, the 23-year-old daughter... Read More


Dover Saddlery Opening New Virginia Store

March 11, 2007

Dover Saddlery has announced that the Grand Opening of its new Charlottesville, Va., store will take place April 13-15. Equestrians are invited to join in the Grand Opening celebration starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday,... Read More


Reward Offered in Wild Stallion Shooting

March 11, 2007

A reward is being offered for information in the February shooting of a 9-year-old wild stallion in the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area in Utah, the federal Bureau of Land Management said.

The black stallion, shot in the hip, was in... Read More


Essay Contest to Honor America's Favorite Veterinarians

March 09, 2007

Animal owners across the nation can thank an excellent veterinarian through a new program offered by Merial Ltd., Morris Animal Foundation, and BowTie, Inc., honoring America's favorite veterinarian through the "Thank Your Vet for... Read More


Not Guilty Plea Entered in Montana Horse Starvation Case

March 05, 2007

A Columbia Falls, Mont., woman pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty for the starvation deaths of six horses and severe malnourishment of two others.

Tina Pickton, 32, was arrested Feb. 8 after Flathead... Read More


NARHA Receives Christopher Reeve Foundation Grant

March 04, 2007

NARHA Receives Christopher Reeve Foundation Grant

The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) announced today that the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA) has been awarded a $5,000 Quality of Life grant. The CRF... Read More


Rodeo Parade Death: Parents Say Unaware of Rider Age Rule

February 25, 2007

The parents of a 5-year-old girl killed in a rodeo parade were never told there were age limits for children allowed to ride in the event, the child's grandmother says.

Brielle Boisvert's parents, Tom and Linda Donnell Boisvert, are upset a... Read More


BHS President Pleads for Release of Jailed British Rider

February 21, 2007

Noel Edmonds, president of The British Horse Society, wrote to Indian president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today (Feb. 21) to plead for the release of jailed British horse rider Daniel Robinson.

Robinson, 38, was arrested last October for... Read More


Mistrial Declared in Horse Dragging Case

February 17, 2007

A judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a Texas man accused of dragging his horse to death, KFDM reported. The jury deliberated for nine hours... Read More


BLM Reducing Fee for Grazing on Federal Land

February 15, 2007

The fee for grazing livestock on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service is dropping this year, the BLM announced last week.

Effective March 1, the fee will be $1.35 per animal unit month, down from... Read More


KEEP Designates February as Fundraising and Membership Month

February 04, 2007

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has designated February as its fundraising and membership month. The organization hopes to receive funds or pledges totaling $850,000 during the month as well as renew its current memberships of more... Read More


Department of Agriculture: Horses and Dogs Removed from Ga. Farm

February 02, 2007

Georgia Department of Agriculture staff began removing horses and dogs from a property in Pike County at 10 a.m. this morning out of concern for the animals' health and safety.

The process of removing the animals is continuing. The... Read More


Nude Jogger in Calif. Park Startling Horseback Riders

January 26, 2007

Who was that undressed man?

That's the question startled hikers, bikers and horseback riders are asking about a jogger seen streaking through an open space preserve in Saratoga, Calif., wearing nothing but sneakers, glasses and a black tam... Read More


Horse Rescued from Icy Wisconsin Pond

January 26, 2007

Firefighters and sheriff's department responders pulled to safety a horse that had fallen through the ice of a private pond in the town of Wilson, Wisc., on Wednesday (Jan. 24), the Read More


America's Horse Championships on NBC Reaches 5.8 Million Viewers

January 21, 2007

It's not often that equestrian events are highlighted on national television networks. However, on Jan. 7, more than 5.8 million viewers got a ringside seat to learn more about Quarter Horses through the America's Horse Championships on NBC... Read More


Agricultural Guest-Worker Bill Introduced in Washington

January 16, 2007

As many as 1.5 million undocumented farm workers and their relatives currently living and working in the United States could gain legal status under an ambitious agricultural guest-worker plan introduced Jan. 10 on Capitol Hill.

The... Read More


Equine Photographer's Network Offering Photo Contest

January 16, 2007

All professional and amateur photographers who seek to capture the ideal image of the horse are invited to enter the Online Photography Contest sponsored by the Equine Photographers' Network.

The deadline for entries is March 1. Winners wil... Read More


SDSU Building Home for Equestrian Team

January 15, 2007

The future home of South Dakota State University's fledgling equestrian team is under construction in Brookings, S.D.

Though currently just some reinforcing bars rising from a concrete slab near the Highway 14 bypass, the giant barn will be... Read More


Purina Mills Horse Owners Workshops Provide Nutrition Information

January 14, 2007

The Purina Mills Horse Business Group is announcing the 13th year of its largest and most popular equine event. The Purina Mills Horse Owner's Workshop (HOW) is a local education and entertainment program that provides horse owners with the... Read More


SmartPak Selects Equine Advisory Council

January 08, 2007

SmartPak announced today (Jan. 8) that it is forming an Equine Veterinary Advisory Council consisting of four equine practitioners. With a long-standing commitment to equine health, SmartPak intends to use this council to help the company stay on... Read More


EasyCare Joins the Equine Quality Alliance

January 07, 2007

EasyCare was honored to be asked to join the Equine Quality Alliance and is proud to be a new member. The EQA is a conglomerate of small companies who work together to promote high-quality products in the equine industry. Goals include marketing... Read More


1870s Dead Horse Photo Sparks Mystery

January 05, 2007

Who is that mysterious, elegant man? And why is he sitting on a dead horse? Such are some of the questions sparked by a black-and-white photograph taken in Sheboygan, Wisc., between 1876 and 1884 that has led to nationwide curiosity,... Read More


Riders Invited to Join Best of America by Horseback Tour

January 01, 2007

The national television show, Best of America by Horseback, has announced today its dates and schedule for their 2007 Grand Tour of America, inviting trail riders from all over to ride with them on location while filming for their... Read More